“My name is Laurence Fortin-Côté (@trulylaur) and I am a Graduate Fashion student as well as a fashion blogger with The editorelle. I made the decision to pursue higher studies in fashion as came to the end of my postgraduate degree in architecture and realized that basically, I had had enough of buildings and that I was ready to move on to something new. As I grew in maturity, I started to acknowledge my passions for clothes and my desire to get further insight into a world that to me seemed to be very rich and intricate. As far as I can remember, I’ve always been passionate with clothes. In fact, I think that there is this very mysterious and intimate relation with garments and people who own and wear them and that’s what’s most interesting to me. I come from a very small town with very restricted access to fashion. My parents have always insisted on the importance of traveling and exploring other horizon and I am very lucky to have the chance of getting a lot of travel experiences despite my young age. I think that a lot of my inspiration when it comes to my style come from these travels around Europe, discovering how women dressed in the streets of Paris, London and Barcelona. But if I go back to the very first source of when I started to develop my passion for fashion, I have to say that it was by looking through the pages of my mom’s dreamy magazines and watching Hollywood movies from the 90s.
MY CONSCIOUS CLOSET
As for my interest for conscious fashion, I have to thank my dad. When I was very young, him and I used to go to all sorts of vintage stores and I remember being able to spend hours looking for the perfect treasure to bring home. It was our little special Sunday afternoon activity and I remember the excitement of getting back home and showing my mom what we had found and the story behind it.
I guess it just stuck with me as I grew older and transferred onto my love for clothes. I’ve never seen shopping as something that had to be easy in its actual process. This most have something to do with shopping for antiques in my childhood, which a lot of the time implied coming back home with no precious finds. I like the idea of having this vision of a piece that I want or that I saw somewhere and then go on the hunt for it. I might actually never find that special item, but if I do, the excitement is so much better and empowering that going to a high street store and buying that same jacket everyone’s going to have.
Now that I live in a much bigger city (Toronto) I am still trying to follow my father and I tradition of vintage shopping and I am happily surprised how accessible great quality vintage stores are available in such modern and corporate environments. Don’t get me wrong, I still get inspiration from looking at stores vitrines or magazine editorials, and I will treat myself to some fast fashion produced pieces once in a while, but I think there is definitely an urge to get more conscious about our way of consuming.
When it comes to my style, I think I can describe myself as someone who likes to play around, but who sticks to a certain general aesthetic. I’m very much into masculine and tailored pieces, converted to feminine garments. I’m always drawn to very structured pieces taken from men’s dress aesthetic that I can incorporate into my more Parisian and romantic inspired wardrobe.
My favourite piece of clothing has to be my plaid brown vintage blazer. I have to say that I am completely obsessed with blazers in general, It’s definitely the item I always keep buying more and more! This one has something special though. It is actually the first vintage item that I have ever bought as well as the piece that made me fall in love with vintage clothes. You know when you wear something and you instantly feel special? Well, that’s how I feel when I put this one on and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to replace it. There is just something too special about it. I actually use to live very close to the cutest little vintage store, with all perfectly curated pieces, which I have to admit, made it very hard for me to not go there everyday! I find it can be hard to find a vintage store that you feel like you’ll always find something you like no matter what, since the selection of items is pretty unpredictable. That’s why I really loved that place. I felt like I could really trust the taste of the owner and that I could shop there without having that overwhelming feeling you can get walking around thrift clothes! Other than that, I love browsing on Etsy. It takes a little while to get used to, but once you build your selection of shops you like, the variety of pieces you can find is never ending!
I guess I couldn’t talk about my style, or my love for vintage pieces without mentioning jewelry. The first piece I’ve ever got is a pair of pearl earrings that my grandmother gave me. I’ve never used to be a big fan of jewelry until I tried them on and realized how much personality they added to my outfit. That’s what I really enjoy about vintage accessories, how they make a look go from basic to refine and unique. I also feel like jewelries are very nice collection pieces. Of course, a collection takes a lot of time to build, especially when it comes to vintage pieces, but I think that there is something very special about opening your jewelry box and going through each item and remembering the story behind them.
Keeping on the subject of accessories, I think that bags and shoes are very important. When it comes to bags, I have to say that I am very classic. I love bags that are chic and sophisticated and that can elevate a whole look. I am particularly drowned to Kelly vintage bags. I love how structured they are and the details of the closure. I’d say I don’t really have a preference with fabrication, I simply follow my heart and I can easily feel when it’s the right piece. I think having one of each natural tones is definitely a must and the same goes for shoes. I have to qualify myself as boot obsessed. Living in Canada, I feel like you don’t really have much choice though! Nevertheless, I always stick to black and if I’m not wearing boots, I’ll always go for a pair of points kitten heel, Le classique quoi!”
Follow Laurence on Instagram: @trulylaur
Photos by Laurence Fortin-Côté.